Emergency

An emergency can range from your child getting burnt at home to a car accident. Learn all about what to do in an emergency situation and the vital steps you need to take.

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Emergency

What does triage mean?

‘Triage is a clinically proven method of categorising medical cases by how serious they are,’ says Dr Irma Aggenbach, Emergency Centre Manager at Mediclinic Panorama.

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24 hours in the emergency centre

A day in the life of Dr Irma Aggenbach, Emergency Centre Manager at Mediclinic Panorama.

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‘It’s about more than just making someone feel better’

Mediclinic Professional Nurse, Keren Schwartz says her profession gives her a deep sense of purpose.

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The nurse who is afraid of injections

Thokozile Mkhize was studying to be a nurse when she collapsed while watching the sisters insert a drip. Now, she regards her fear of needles as her nursing superpower.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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‘Seeing people in great need made me destined to be a nurse’

Mediclinic auxiliary nurse, Lindiwe Ndwanyana Anthony, explains why her profession is a calling – and when she knew she was destined to be a nurse.

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‘Nursing is in my genes’

Mediclinic Professional Nurse, Karen Briton, says you have to love what you’re doing if you’re a nurse.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
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‘Growing up in hospitals taught me a love for medicine’

Robin Axelson, a Professional Nurse at a Mediclinic Emergency Centre in the Western Cape, says the small everyday miracles, such as the look of relief when a patient feels better, makes her see her job as part of her destiny.

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‘How could I help if I wasn’t a nurse?’

Hilary De Ronde, a nurse in the Mediclinic Constantiaberg Emergency Centre (EC), believes she can’t do without the pace and action of her work environment. But what first got her into nursing was an overwhelming urge to help people, and a desire to have a career that her daughter could be proud of.

Emergency

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The leading cause of death and how to prevent it.

Babies

How to treat common bites and stings

Bees, wasps, scorpions, hornets and spiders can pose a risk, particularly to young children. Here’s what you need to know about common bites and stings.

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How to avoid sunstroke

Our infographic looks at what causes sunstroke, who is most at risk and how to prevent it this summer.

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How to pin emergency contacts to your phone

The holiday season is the time of year when emergency services are the busiest as more people are on the roads or outdoors. We show you how to pin emergency contacts to your phone for quick access.

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Meet the Critical Care Unit nurse who thrives on challenge

Critical Care Unit (CCU) nursing is a specialty that requires intense training to make split-second decisions in life-threatening medical cases – sometimes without the presence of a doctor. Unit manager Fisanie Shabangu tells us the ins and outs of being a CCU nurse.

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The do’s and don’ts of medication

Taking special care with medications is vital to maintaining their quality and ensuring that the patient gets the full benefit of the treatment. Lize von Schlicht, a pharmacist at Mediclinic Panorama, gives guidance for the safe and responsible usage and storage of medication.

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Organ donation: The FAQs

According to the Organ Donor Foundation, there are approximately 4 300 South African adults and children awaiting a life-saving organ or cornea transplant. Here’s what you need to know to register to become an organ donor.

Emergency

The basics on burns and how to treat them

The causes of burns are wide-ranging – but do you know how to identify the severity of a burn or how to treat it? An ER24 Critical Care paramedic tells us more.

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Common household injuries – and how to treat them

An ER24 Critical Care paramedic gives his top tips on how to treat the three most common household mishaps, and when to seek medical assistance.

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